Initial teacher education report

The profession at risk — trends in standards for admission to teaching degrees

Federation is committed to continuing to pursue the highest standards of entry into the teaching profession.

The union commissioned Associate Professor Rachel Wilson from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney to analyse trends in academic standards for intakes into Australian initial teacher education programs over the past decade.

Dr Wilson’s report, The profession at risk — trends in standards for admission to teaching degrees, highlights the growth in online teacher education degrees as well as the low completion rates of students.

She advocates for national academic benchmarks to be set for admissions to initial teacher education degrees and recommends investment in a campaign to acknowledge the importance of teachers to society and for the National Teacher Workforce Strategy to develop a better plan to recruit Australia’s brightest to the profession.

Failure to act immediately to stem the entrance of academically weak students to initial teacher education courses is an “inordinate risk to the profession”, she writes.

For an article about the report see High entry benchmark will lift profession.

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